Heartbreak for Bloxham School as they exit NatWest Rugby Vase

Bloxham School launch an attack against Northampton School for Boys. Picture by Lee Crabb/Capture the Event. NNL-160103-164248001
Bloxham School launch an attack against Northampton School for Boys. Picture by Lee Crabb/Capture the Event. NNL-160103-164248001

Bloxham School’s rugby team agonizingly bowed out of the NatWest Vase one step from a Twickenham final despite drawing their semi-final clash on Saturday.

In a tense game at Allianz Park, the home of Premiership side Saracens, they drew with Northampton School for Boys 20-20 but it was Northampton who went through because they had scored the first try of the game.

But Bloxham showed great heart to come from behind twice and from 12-3 down at half time they scored two tries to put them 15-12 in front.

But Northampton School for Boys, whose pack did well throughout with driving mauls from the lineout, scored a try and penalty to take a 20-15 lead.

Bloxham fought back to score a superb try out wide in the dying seconds, only for the difficult conversion to go a few inches wide of the post. The final whistle blew to break Bloxham boys’ hearts.

To watch the RFU’s official recording of the match, click on the video above.

Bloxham School get ready for a scrum in their semi-final clash with Northampton School for Boys at Allianz Park. Picture by Simon Grieve. NNL-160103-164225001

Bloxham School get ready for a scrum in their semi-final clash with Northampton School for Boys at Allianz Park. Picture by Simon Grieve. NNL-160103-164225001

Bloxham Boys played at Allianz Park where they faced Northampton School for Boys in the semi-final of the NatWest Vase. They drew 20-20 but went out of the competition. Picture by Katrina Edmunds. NNL-160103-164304001

Bloxham Boys played at Allianz Park where they faced Northampton School for Boys in the semi-final of the NatWest Vase. They drew 20-20 but went out of the competition. Picture by Katrina Edmunds. NNL-160103-164304001